These are a few of my favorite supply resources. Just so ya know, I’m not affiliated with any of these companies – just love their products so much I want to share them with you!
- Book Binding Repair Tape (4″ wide sticky back book cloth that I love for covering my book spines) – https://www.chromalabel.com/products/4-inch-wide-bookguard-cloth-adhesive-tape
- 4-ply Irish Waxed Linen Thread – http://www.volcanoarts.com/cart/bookbinding/thread/index.htm
- Lined Text Blocks – https://www.hollanders.com/index.php/bookbinding-supplies/text-blocks/lined-journals.html
- Aileen’s Fast Grab – http://www.dickblick.com/products/aleenes-fast-grab-tacky-glue/
Good fast grab and lasting stick – dries clear and isn’t smelly or stringy.
- UHU Sticks – http://www.dickblick.com/products/uhu-stic-glue-sticks/
I like the one that goes on blue – it dries clear and as long as you burnish really well, it sticks wonderfully.
- Used-up gift cards, expired credit cards, defunct discount cards – these are perfect for scraping on paint or smushing down gluey things (apply glue, position, then scrape with the side of your card to remove any air bubbles and cement it in place).
- Old Catalogs (every once in awhile, you’ll get a really thick one – like Bass Pro or Dick Blick) – these are great for applying glue or paint to smaller items; just lay your piece down on a catalog page and apply glue – when you’re finished, can turn the catalog page for a nice new start and no glue or paint contamination of your next item.
- Non-stick Craft Sheet – http://www.franticstamper.com/Ranger-Non-Stick-Craft-Sheet-36-wide–sold-by-the-foot-_p_34161.html
I’ve ordered large sheets and pieced them together underneath with heat-resistant duct tape (hardware store) to cover my entire work table – paint, glue, whatever I’ve thrown at it wipes right off with a baby wipe or damp cloth (and sometimes a little elbow grease).
Pom-Poms & Felt
- Pom-pom makers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In my classes, I typically use the Clover brand extra small and small sets, but I don’t think you can really go wrong with any of the plastic-loom-type tools. The set I’ve linked is made by Knewmart, includes four sizes, is quite a bit cheaper than Clover and actually seems a little more sturdy – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IOEE84C
- The BEST wool blend felt I’ve found to date AND gorgeous color palettes to choose from – https://www.benziedesign.com/
- Based out of Oklahoma City and owned/operated by master marbler Gaylen Berry, http://marbleart.us is the foremost supplier in the U.S.
Hardware Store Art Supplies
- Plain old beige masking tape – I use it as a base layer sometimes or just a decorative element in mixed media collage work.
- Joint Compound – works just like just like modeling paste, only cheaper!
- Sandpaper and sanding blocks – look for 150 grit or lower; works just like those expensive sanding blocks some of the papercraft companies sell.
- Contractor Paper (sometimes called Red Rosin Paper) – wide, heavy brown paper that works great for temporary table or floor protection
- Gelli Arts Gelli Plate – http://www.gelliarts.com
FANTASTIC tool for monoprinting without a press!!
- Vintage Photo Distress Ink – http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_dyeink_distresspads.htm
Sponge or brush around the edges of paper pieces before adhering to give that time-worn patina.
- Platinum Stickles – http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_decorativeglue_stickles.htm
Looks like tarnished glitter!